An Insider's Guide to Provence by Keith Van Sickle
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An Insider’s Guide to Provence by Keith Van Sickle

We recently met Keith and Val Van Sickle for a glass of rosé while we were all in Provence. They were in France for a short visit while Keith researched and completed final drafts for his latest (3rd) book, An Insider’s Guide to Provence. The Author Keith Van Sickle is …

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A Table in Paris Book Cover
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

A Gift Idea for the Francophile: A Table in Paris

It is probably obvious to all readers that my heart lies in Provence, but what you might not know is that my first love was Paris. Like all first loves, there’s a je ne sais quoi about a city that thrives around its café scene, lively brasseries, and celebrated dining …

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Aix-en-Provence The Inside Story Cover
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Book Review: Aix-en-Provence The Inside Story

First published in 2013, Aix-en-Provence The Inside Story was updated and reprinted in colour in 2021. In this book, author Lynne Alderson shares the history of this attractive city and its colourful inhabitants. The Author Lynne Alderson studied English Language and Literature at Edinburgh University. Her career encompassed journalism and …

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The Birdwatcher's Wife Book by Gayle Smith Padgett
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The Birdwatcher’s Wife Book by Gayle Smith Padgett

Retired and living in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence since 2011, even after a decade, Gayle Smith Padgett and her hubby Ralph continue their exploration of the region. In 2019, they embarked on “The Big Birding”, a 12-month project they decided would feed Ralph’s passion for birding and test Gayle’s logistical, writing, and record-keeping …

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Aix-en-Provence Book
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Aix-en-Provence Book The Inside Story in Colour

Delighted to say that my book Aix-en-Provence The Inside Story is being re-issued, brought up to date and now in colour throughout.  It‘s eight (8) years since it was first published, and I believe I am right in saying that it’s still the only book to cover the story of …

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Novel by Sophie Claire Summer at the French Olive Grove
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Books to Read the Latest Novel by Sophie Claire

Born in Africa, her childhood featured many relocations, but Sophie Claire spent summers in the South of France visiting her grandparents. It’s those memories of sunny, carefree days that inspire her novels today. Sophie Claire’s latest novel, Summer at the French Olive Grove, was published in May 2021. Her effortless …

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The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
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The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson a Book Review

A book review by Mary-Jane Deeb of “The Lantern” by Deborah Lawrenson, Harper, New York, London, 2011. The Author Deborah Lawrenson is a British writer and journalist, issued of a diplomatic family, who spent her childhood travelling around the world, accompanying her parents and sister wherever they were posted. Before …

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Grape Harvest Tour du Bon The Wines of Provence – Tricolour
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Essential Reading The Wines of Provence – Tricolour

Elevated Wine Knowledge Göran Boman, the author of The Wines of Provence – Tricolour, is based in Sweden, far from Provence’s vineyards. His studies at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology led to a career with large international companies. Before retiring, Göran monitored the quality of nuclear fuel transmitted from …

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Summer at the French Olive Grove
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Summer at the French Olive Grove a Novel by Sophie Claire

Sophie Claire writes uplifting emotional stories with their heart in Provence, where she spent her childhood summers. She is half French, half Scottish, was born in Africa and growing up in England, she felt she didn’t belong anywhere – except in the pages of a book. Perhaps this is why …

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Un Automne en Pays de Fayence
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Un Automne en Pays de Fayence Captures the Heart of Provence

With non-essential travel to France restricted due to Covid-19, soulmates Catherine Karnow (National Geographic photographer) and Gilles Portaz (geography and history professor) spent a year apart. Finally, thanks to the “love visa,” a compassionate entry permit for non-married couples, they were reunited in Provence in November 2020. They got reacquainted …

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